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331  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / It's cold and flu season...Classic chicken noodle soup! on: October 17, 2009 08:34:33 PM
I was cold and starving the other night, and whipped up some yummy soup. It's pretty darn basic, I made a quick stock with onion, celery, carrot, and a chicken breast. After straining out the old veggies, I shredded the chicken meat and simmered a little carrot and celery. And I made homemade egg noodles, yum! I like to throw in some fresh parsley, but I was out, so some dried did the trick.

332  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Roasted Veggie Cheesy Soup on: October 05, 2009 07:24:11 PM
Ok, I have to confess that I used...Velveeta in this soup. Not really something I usually cook with, but I was asked to use it up. At the bottom are my changes for how to make it without the Velveeta!

I love making soup and chopping everything up. I find it relaxing to make and then it's delicious to eat!

I roasted a head of cauliflower florets, 1 bunch of broccoli florets , and a head of garlic on two pans at 400 for about 30-40 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes. Whenever I roast veggies I like to throw on a head of garlic!

While that's roasting, assemble and chop the other ingredients:

1 onion, diced
2 tsp raw garlic, minced
2 small potatoes, washed, peeled, and diced

2 cans chicken broth, low sodium especially if you're using that Velveeta!
1 1/2 lbs velveeta (3/4 of a box), chopped
1 cup ham, diced

Saute the onion and garlic until soft but not browned in a large pot with a bit of oil or just some non-stick spray. Add the potatoes and chicken broth to cover and simmer until potatoes are soft. Add the Velveeta and stir until melted. Add in 2/3 to 3/4 of the previously roasted veggies and use your stick blender (a soup making necessity!) and blend until smooth.

Now add back in your reserved veggies (I chopped them a little smaller, into more bite-sized pieces from the florets) and ham, adjust seasoning with black pepper, and enjoy! Delicious topped with oyster crackers!

**I really am not that fond of Velveeta although it makes a nicely easy cheesy soup. Kind of salty though, and a little higher in fat than I really like.  As long as you have the stick blender you can make a nice creamy tasting soup! Sub more chicken broth and a little skim milk and add in just a cup of shredded high quality cheese....swiss or sharp cheddar is yummy!

**Take the roasted garlic and chop it, mix with softened butter and fresh chopped parsley and use for a spread on french bread or store in the fridge to add to pasta, veggies, etc!
333  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Featured Projects~3rd Quarter, 2009 on: October 01, 2009 01:06:00 AM
Quarter 3, 2009

Here are some great projects posted on the Jewelry and Trinkets board during the third quarter! Thanks everybody for posting and keep using the This Rocks! button!

Who doesnt love an octopus? Especially a sleek, stylized one!

Oktapous by UntamedMenagerie


For a little bit of Halloween cheeris this bracelet spooky, cute or both?

Halloween Charm Bracelet by NH822

Fabric, buttons~this necklace has it all!

Yo Yo Yo Necklace by wait4fiji

I love super huge dangly necklacesdont you? Grin

Seascape Earrings by ninja_knitter

And a few sparklies to brighten your day!

A few multi media pieces
by CohesiveChaos

How fun is this? And would anybody know what it started out as if you didnt know?

The art of cd jewelry by courtn341

I love hair clips! Here are some classy ones with a great tutorial!

Flower Hair Clips with tutorial by barbolot

I can't wait to see what everyone posts in quarter 4!  Wink
334  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / October Jewelry and Trinkets Featured Member~Onyxnox! on: September 29, 2009 09:46:21 PM
The first Jewelry and Trinkets member for the new Jewelry and Trinkets Featured  Member section is ~ Onyxnox! She has been a member of Craftster since July of 2006, and is a frequent poster on the various Jewelry and Trinket boards. She is helpful on the Questions and Discussion Board, willing to share her advice with new members and veterans alike.


These are some of my favorite projects of hers!

And of course, a soapy one!

A little intro by Onyxnox:
My name is Bonnie, and I have always loved working with my hands and creating things.  I find that it helps me to focus, relax, and wind down an escape from the day to day grind.  I also love to make things for others, maybe crafting for others is how I express my feelings for them, who knows?  In my non-crafting mode, I am a nurse, who shares her forever-being-renovated home with her high school sweetheart, her two canine sweethearts, and a lot of dust bunnies, in Toronto, Canada.

Q: Why (and when) did you begin making Jewelry?

A:  I have always crafted off and on since I was a child.  I remember friendship pins, and bracelets being a huge thing as a child, and loved making them.  But I did not become enamoured with beading and jewelry-making until I was probably in my early 20s and a friend took me to my first craft show.  It was what was then known as the Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival in Toronto  I saw some amazing artisans there, like Maria Rypan, Marilyn Gardiner, and the staff from BeadFX and fell in love with the samples of their work.  Not only was their work gorgeous, but they were there to teach others how to make that beauty themselves, and I dove right in, and have never looked back.  I started out with a necklace kit, and since then I have lived to bead and craft with beads, rings, and wire.

Q: What are your favorite materials to work with? Favorite tools?

A:  I love working with seed beads, and have recently learned the joys of working with the precision of Delicas.  There is something incredibly soothing about focusing on those tiny pieces of glass beauty.  However, I have recently learned to work with jump rings to do chainmaille as well, and am loving that.  I have recently discovered the joy of making glass tile pendents as well.  But I think my favourite tool is still the simple beading needle, a spool of  Nymo, a tub of Thread Heaven, and my bead mat.

Q: Besides some lovely pendants, what other kinds of jewelry/trinkets do you make?

A:  I play around with necklaces, but what I really like to do is make ornaments.  Christmas ornaments done with bead weaving for example.  I have several works in progress that have yet to see the light of day that are floral ornaments too.

Q: How did your first jewelry making project go for you?

A:  Luckily it was a kit, with well written instructions.  It introduced me to bead weaving/netting, and it came out so beautifully that it just gave me encouragement to go from there.  

Q: Do you have any Craftster Crushes on other jewelry makers on the board? Who are they?

A:  Everyone!  Really no exaggeration.  I love Craftster because there is such a synergy about the forums.  Everyone is all about the crafts, and I get a lot of inspiration reading about what everyone else is doing, their responses to what I have done, and the general exchange of information and ideas.  I have recently started swapping too, and that is like a physical representation of that synergy.  I find sometimes I am at a crossroads and atagnant in my crafting, but going to Craftster and looking at what others are doing always helps to boost my own energy and desire to create.

If I had to choose one Craftster, I think I may have to say Hawkwolf, because he inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and try chainmaille, and gave some really good tips and encouragement to help me along.  However, he is but one brilliant star in a galaxy full (Jam4ever, beadangel, beadsbeadingbeaded, atsuko, acidtrix come to mind as well, just to name a few of many)

Q: Do you have any favorite techniques?

A:  I love to learn new things and will try anything that catches my interest at least once.  But my favourite method seems to be bead weaving or netting.

Q: Are there any kinds of jewelry or techniques that you want to learn?

A:  I would like to advance my chainmaille skills, and learn to do more intricate wire work.  My ultimate desire would be to learn lampworking or fusing, and perhaps one day be able to create my own glass focal beads.

Q: Where do you get inspiration for your projects?

A:  So many sources.  Craftster is one very significant place.  Sometimes I will be flipping through a magazine, or watching TV, and see something that makes me think, hmmmmmm, that would be cool as a necklace, bracelet, ornament, etc.  I used to have scraps of magazines or newspapers stuck with magnets on my fridge of pictures that caught my attention.  Finally, I just started keeping a sketchbook with quick sketches of ideas and jotted notes.  The problem is that I think I get far more ideas than I have time to actually work on.

Q: What other crafts do you do?

A:  I knit, crochet, dabble in cross stitching at times.  I dabble in painting, have started stenciling, and also like to decorate glass with etching compound.  Do cooking/baking, and gardening count?  I do a lot of this and that.  

Q: What is your favorite J &T project on Craftster that you posted? And why (with link to project)

A:  I think I may have to say the black fringe necklace.  It wasnt hard, or complex, but I love the way the light catches on it, and the drape and weight feel amazing.  

Black Branching Fringe Necklace

Also, the jadeite and purple bead choker I  love the colour combination, and the weight of the jadeite donut against the throat.  It is also a recreation (and improvement) of an earlier necklace I did when I first started making jewelry it may be my first original design..  I loved it then, and made it for myself, but gave it away to a friend.  I loved this one too, and gave it away in a swap because I thought the recipient would love it too.    
Jade and purple Set

Q: What is your favorite J&T project on Craftster that someone else has posted?  

A: Its so hard to choose.  I think more of a category than anything else.  I love the reconstructed projects, like the reconstructed utensil jewelry, or those made from things like cans.  I think it is brilliant to take such a mundane object like a fork, spoon, broken toy, or old can, and turn it into a unique, and eye catching piece of wearable ornamentation.  Especially if it is changing something from trash to treasure.

Spoons are NOT for eating by Fun2Create

Heirloom Spoon Rings by acidtrix

Q: What is your favorite non-J&T project on Craftster that you have posted?  

A:  Probably my etched glass items.  I had been using chemical etching compound to decorate glass for a few years.  I had decided I was not fond of cutting contact paper stencils, and started making stencils using fabric paint to paint on a resist stencil directly onto the glass.  It made for more fluid lines, and I found it easier to work with for me.  I did not realize that perhaps I came upon a new technique until I posted my unicorn canisters I decorated one year, and wrote about how I did it.  The response seemed pretty amazing to me.  I also plan on trying it with smaller items like glass tiles and beads in the future.

Glass Unicorn Canisters

Q: What is your favorite non-J&T project on Craftster that someone else has posted?  

A:  I think I have a fascination with all things shiny a lot of it seems to be focused on glass or metal.  But I love love love love lurking in the glass forums and seeing what others do with fused glass, stained glass, glass mosaic, etched glass, etc.  I love all the fused glass pendants and bowls, etc.  These are two projects that really blew me away though, and that I seriously covet for my own home!

Funky Flowers Mosaic Window by HSG

  Weeping Willow by craftylittlemonkey

Thanks so much Bonnie for answering these questions and sharing a little about yourself and your crafts!

If you would like to reccomend someone to be a Featured Member in the future, please send me a pm!
335  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Spooooooky Baby Quilt! Lots 'o Pics on: September 21, 2009 01:49:47 PM
I bought a really cute (spooky!) set of Halloween FQ's at Joann's a while back and I just kinda looked at them for awhile. I really really love the monster fabric but just wasn't sure what to do with it. Then I decided to make a baby/Halloween quilt for the fabulous mod retroeva, who is really into Halloween and about to have her first baby! If you're curious, the FQ set had the monster fabric (this purple colorway I used, and also a turquoise colorway I still have), the solid black sparkly with cat eyes, and the fabric covered in words (thriller, creepy, etc)

It's about 45 x 45 in....I initially made 25 squares but that was going to be huge, so I used 16 of those on the front and incorporated 3 into the backing. I quilted it a up and down the rows and then tied the center of the blocks. I also used that iron on batting because I thought that would make it easier to work with...it didn't lol!

336  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Mini Art Quilt Swap 2 (EXTENSION, Sendouts Nov 23) on: September 15, 2009 11:47:12 PM
Swap name: Mini Art Quilt Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: MareMare
Sign-up date range: September 15 - September 26 at 8pm PACIFIC
Date to send item by: November 14 November 23


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? n/a

Age requirement? 18

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

This swap is to make a mini quilt for your partner! We are only going to swap the mini quilt itself, no extras required, so we can focus on making the quilt. The size of the quilt should be between 1 and 2 feet square, with any size, shape, and dimensions that fits within those parameters. So 12 x 18 inches is ok, and so is a 15 inch circle, but any one side shouldnt be smaller than 12 inches or longer than 24 inches.

Use whatever methods you want to make a lovely art quilt for your partner! Piecing, embroidery, hand dying fabric, adding beads or charms, etc.

Since this is a longer swap I want everyone to know that they need to keep in contact both with the organizer and their partner. Im not going to implement anything as rigid as weekly check-ins, but post try to post to the thread at least every couple of weeks and please dont leave your partner or myself hanging if we pm you!  

Please make sure you post in this thread for updates as soon as you sign-up/think about signing up.  

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: Mini Art Quilt Swap 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name and Mailing address including the country, formatted for shipping:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

Do you live in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, do you understand that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, do you understand that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO
Please state that you understand that communication is very important in this swap, and you need to stay in touch with the organizer and your partner("poor communication" feedback will be given accordingly).

Would you describe your quilting skills as beginner, intermediate, or advanced?

What are your favorite colors:

What are some of the colors in the room of the house you might display this in:

What colors do you dislike:

What patterns/shapes/objects do you like:

What patterns/shapes/objects do you dislike:

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really like (ie, you  have really strong feelings towards paisley fabric or star type quilts)?

Any specific fabric or quilt patterns you really dislike?

Would you like to receive a holiday themed quilt? (yes/no/either)

Would you like to craft a holiday themed quilt? (yes/no/either)

Please list 5 themes/ideas to help your partner know the kinds of things you might like (they can be more specific, ie dolphins, or less specific, ie the ocean):

Are you someone that really wants to have one of these themes crafted for you, or are you ok if your partner does a little stalking to come up with other themes you might like?

Are you someone that is really helped by having a set list to craft from, or do you prefer to be a little freer and do some research/stalking?

Would you be ok with your art quilt containing 3d elements such as beads, sequins, charms, etc? This might have to do with how you plan to use it.

Do you plan on or think you might possibly use 3d elements in the art quilt you make?

Do you have an idea what you would use your art quilt for?

If yes, is there anything specific that the sender needs to know/do? (ie, a loop put on it would be good if you plan to hang it, please dont use 3d elements if its for a table, etc)

Do you have any allergies severe enough to prevent you from being partnered with someone? (ie, if you are only a tiny bit allergic to cats like me, dont put it down, but if someone sending something from a house with a cat will make you sick, please list it)

Do you have allergens like pets (specific) or smoking in your house?

Anything else you would like your partner to know?


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

Round 1:  

Round 1 Gallery:    

Round 2 Gallery:

337  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mini Art Quilt Swap, round 2--Now Open on: September 05, 2009 10:04:56 PM
So, anybody want to discuss another mini art quilt swap? It could be holiday themed or not. Dates? Ideas? Go!

Link to gallery of first round, it's amazing!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=306811.0

Link to first round original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302820.0
338  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Craftster calendar--adding challenge due dates? on: August 23, 2009 11:57:43 AM
I would love if in addition to events, the craftster calendar could have dates for the various challenges, not only the monthly ones, but the individual board challenges as well. Dates for submitting your project as well as when to vote!
339  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pinwheels and Cherries and Prairie Points, Oh My! on: August 16, 2009 12:45:02 AM
This is my first completed quilt and I am oh so proud!  Grin There's a lot of mistakes, but it's not hideous, so I am happy. My mom's co-worker gave me a charm pack of Oh Cherry Oh! fabric by Moda and I decided it had to be a little baby girl quilt...luckily another one of their co-workers is having a baby girl! The baby shower is tomorrow, so I finished it in the nick of time.

klum78 helped me out a lot! Thanks hon! She found me the pattern on Moda's website and gave me lots of encouragement and tips and website links.
The finished size is around 32" x 32", which is small but fine for a baby.

I'll probably replace these pics with better ones tomorrow in the light, but I was so excited to post I had to do it tonight!
340  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fairy Mini Art Quilt (pictures, pictures, everywhere) on: August 14, 2009 04:12:14 PM
This is my first completed quilt project! I actually ended up not quilting it since I did so much embroidery on the crazy quilting part and added beads and buttons. This was for the mini art quilt swap, and my partner has now recieved!

I used Alexander Henry's Sprites of Tilbrook fabric line in the purple colorway, and also Sultry by Basic Grey for Moda.  I don't embroider very much but kittykill gave me some pointers (and loaned me a stitch book and some floss in a color I didn't have! She rocks!)

And I pieced the back a little.

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